Otis at the Lake

During the summer here at the PLF house we are lucky to find two things: an entirely free evening and a day with weather under ninety degrees. So when we came across a BOTH of those, it meant one thing: a trip to our local state park.

The adventure came with zero expectations except to enjoy the evening and get our feet (or paws) wet. There were a few too many humans – especially small, shrieking, quick moving ones – for Otis’ liking, but we found quiet nooks to take some pictures and slip into the water.

The best part about going to parks or trails with Otis is that he ignores most other people or dogs around him. I got so many compliments this evening saying he was so well behaved (and of course remarks about how handsome he is). He follows me anywhere I go, so if I step off the trail for bikers or hikers, he steps off the trail too. I had a serious face-to-palm moment after the third person told me how great he was and I realized I had forgotten to bring Adopt Me vest .

So he might not have gotten any adoption bites, but he certainly got some socialization. Even if he doesn’t interact with anyone, going to popular places where we can expose him to new things while staying within his comfort zone is very valuable in helping him become a more confident dog.

He enjoyed the water and the park surrounding it – though he only stuck to his paws in the wet category. Here is Otis demonstrating his appreciation for cool water, a good patch of grass, and a nice spot to relax.

(And here he is showing you his best puppy face:)

Aside from just his good looks, Otis will be a spectacular hiking/walking/relaxing partner for someone looking for a trail buddy. He’s up for pretty much anything if it involves water, grass, or dirt!

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.


Riding in Cars with Dogs

Since I take my fosters nearly everywhere with me, they do a lot of riding in cars. They’re usually sent to the oh-so-lonely back seat, and most have been great passengers. Baxter was the best because he would curl up and sleep for the whole ride. Honey Bunches is great in that he respects his position in the back seat, but he has yet to figure out that stability comes from sitting or lying on the seat. He’s usually playing surfer dog with his drooling face right next to my ear. But he is getting the hang of it.

Last weekend we had some gorgeous evening weather. What better way to enjoy that than to go for a ride in a convertible, right? I wanted Otis to come out with me and my brother, so we all piled in and – after multople rearrangements – found the perfect set up. Both humans sat safely buckled up, and Otis sat on the floor in front of me with his front paws in my lap. That way I was able to wrap my arms around him and make sure he didn’t go anywhere. He loved it!

We had a great time! Otie is officially a top-down lovin’ dog. Glad we can add that to the list of fun summer activities to squeeze in while looking for his forever home.

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.